Perimeter Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Operated by the town of Fairview, Bowie Nature Park traverses mildly rolling Middle Tennessee forestland not usually slated for preservation. The Bowie Sisters, longtime Fairview residents, rehabilitated this cut-over, burned-over, and eroded land, then deeded it to the town of Fairview. What remains today is an attractive forest with trees of differing ages, cut by clear creeks forming small valleys. The distance is the most challenging aspect of the hike."
--Johnny Molloy, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Nashville - 4th Edition (Menasha Ridge Press).
I liked this hike. This time of year you will be able to see deep into the woods as you hike along. It was for the most part daily level hiking with some grades up and down. It went in a loop so you do not have to worry about ending at a different location then your car. There is a small lake with some Canadian geese and mallard ducks.
Pretty average hike up to okay view. Enjoyed canoe trip around the Narrows more.
Great weather, interesting history lesson, fantastic overlook!
Great trail for families with small children. I'm a fairly small lady and carried a 20lb baby and stuff on my back with a 7 yr old walking behind. We all enjoyed the walk. A litte warm, 92 degrees, but very shaded.
In my opinion, this is one of the most rewarding hikes in the immediate Nashville area. Only a short drive west of downtown to Exit 188, it makes for a great half-day hike. We began on the trail around 4:00, went first to the Tunnel to play in the water, then completed the hike by climbing the relatively steep path up the bluff. The late afternoon sun was perfect for pictures of the farms to the south and north. All along the ridge are clear spots for gazing at the landscape. Just near the end of the trail is a rock bluff that is devoid of trees and allows unhindered views of the river and hills miles away. The hike would be perfect for catching a sunrise, while sunsets are more difficult to see through trees. Curiosity may compel you to hike past the "Private Property - Go Back Now" sign, but I found from personal experience that the best of the hike is behind you. The trail empties into a road leading back to the Narrows Tunnel that is used for canoe rentals.
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